15 Year old Barren Plains Boy Accidentally Shot Has Died

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15 Year old Barren Plains Boy Accidentally Shot Has Died 

BARREN PLAINS TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) Smokey has confirmed with Robertson County officials that a 15 year old boy has died after being shot in the back shoulder Wednesday afternoon on the property of a home located in the Barren Plains area.

Clinard StThe home is located on Clinard Rd. The call came into 911 at 4:01 p.m.

Early reports are that the shooting was accidental. Emergency radio traffic at 4:30 p.m. by medics in transit indicated that the boy was alive at that time.

According to Robertson County Emergency Medical Service Assistant Chief, Russell Gupton, “E.M.S.  crews along with law enforcement and fire responded to a residence on Clinard Road in the Barren Plains community this evening.


Shaun Mcghee Robertson County S.R.O.

“We encountered a male juvenile with a gunshot injury. The victim was extremely critical at the scene and resuscitation measures were employed. The patient was transported emergently to NorthCrest medical center where teams continued those efforts to no avail. It was simply a tragic accident.”

Officials have released the name of the boy, he is identified as 15 year old Justin Mcghee of Jo Byrns High School. Justin’s father,  Shaun Mcghee, is a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. Coincidentally, Shaun works at the same school.

Smokey Barn News was aware earlier of the students passing but refrained from publishing the information until we received confirmation and clearance from the Sheriff’s Office and the family out of courtesy to both.

School district reaches out to the family and the community

“On behalf of the Robertson County School Board and all district personnel, our condolences go out to Justin’s family at their tragic loss, this afternoon. We stand ready to support the family and community in whatever way possible and will have grief counselors at Jo Byrns High School tomorrow to help his classmates work their way through this terrible tragedy.” Mike Davis, Director of Schools.

UPDATE: On Thursday the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement relating to their preliminary report on the accident.

“We are saddened to announce a tragedy within our work family. At approximately 4:02 p.m. on August 5, 2015, deputies responded to a call on Clinard Road involving a teenager with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, 15-year old Justin McGhee had been shot once with a .22 caliber rifle.


Justin Lee McGhee (Click photo for album)

“Deputies deployed resuscitative measures until emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene. Justin was transported to NorthCrest Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

“We ask for prayers for his family and all those involved during the tragic and difficult time.”

Obituary for Justin Lee McGhee  Funeral service were conducted Saturday August 8th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home.

In a show of respect, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office lined up their vehicles in front of Springfield Memorial Gardens on Memorial Blvd.

The thoughts and prayers of the staff at Smokey Barn News are with the Mcghee family at this time.

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Latest Comments
  1. Logan creek

    Shaun im so so sorry for your and kellys loss its a terrible tragedy i cant even imagine the pain you two are going through may god be with you and your family.

    Keith merry logan and tyler

  2. Just wondering

    Just wondering how someone can shoot themself in the “BACK SHOULDER.” I can’t figure that one out. Regardless of how it happened, it’s horrible and every parents nightmare. So sorry to hear this.

  3. Mary H & Don Campbell

    Our hearts and thoughts are with the McGhee families.May God wrap his arms around them as they suffer a great loss.My husband has known Dudley a long time and also Walter.I have known Theda since high school. God bless this whole famly.Sending up prayers for all.

  4. Ashley Hendrickson

    I’m so sorry for your loss……To the Parents and the Family…The Lord has your body embrassed with ALL thy Might!
    I love you Leanna…… God Heals All.
    Ashley Dickens-Hendrickson Family.

  5. Tommy & Stephanie Stubblefield

    We send our Deepest Condolences to Shaun and Kelly, May God wrap you in his arms and Comfort you, your family and friends during this tragic and heartbreaking time! We will keep you in our prayers! We are only a phone call away, anytime any day! We are so very sorry for your loss!

  6. Brian Vaughn

    Shaun,so sorry for your loss. Will be thinking about you,and your entire family. I’ve known you for years,and you’ve always been a great person to all,so sorry this had to happen to you and your family.

    • kesley

      Sorry for your loss lately this has been on Instagram and i just was curious as to why but i am so sorry i know how it is to lose a family member.

  7. marycarter

    We are so sorry for ur loss.Praying for ur family Shawn..we have known u for yrs an went to many games watching Justin grow..If we can do anything for u don’t hesitate..Keno an MARY

  8. Jill Messina

    My prayers are with Shawn and Kelly, I’ve known them since I was a kid and I am absolutely heartbroken for them. Please let me know if I can do anything at all in this devastating time.

  9. Jan

    My deepest sympathy to my friend, Shaun and his family. My heart goes out to them in the lose of their family member. Asking God to give you strength and understanding as only He can do. Only a call away.